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What’s to say? I’m Vikk Simmons. I’m a writer, an avid reader, and–I live with seven dogs–a primo dog walker. I write books and articles, blog, and spend a ton of time at the computer. I also hold an MFA in Creative Writing from Vermont College. Reading includes a look back at the classics as well as an exploration of short works. Read about my mom's recent death and its impact on my writing The entanglement grief brings to an already knotted writing life and my thoughts on Should writers read the classics?.


... I recommend a site where one glance gives writers a feeling akin to what Emily Dickinson said about poetry:”…I feel physically as if the top of my head were taken off….”

The Dickinson quote came from the blog’s quote section, the least of several inspirational sections to balance the immensely practical parts–essays, interviews (including with name authors), resources, exchanges, and a brilliant section–a treasury–or updated links. All put together by a writer and teacher of long insight, demonstrated talent, and seemingly unlimited energy and devotion to the writer’s cause. The visual design is an inspiration in itself. How could any site or blog be better?

Arthur Plotnik
Spunk & Bite: A writer's guide to punchier, more engaging language & style
This was a truly wonderful essay on the writer's life and aspirations. It's one of the reasons your blog is a must read for all writers.

I consider your writing to be some of the best among bloggers.

Wayne Hurlbert
Blog Business World
I just discovered this blog, but have been on the writing path for years. I just wanted to say also that I am very glad that I found it. A great resource....

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MFA Collective Magazine
...I always like to check out the people who comment on my stuff, especially if they have a site of their own. Neat site with great content for writers. Nice polls too. I shall definitely come back and also add you to my litblog list on my site.

Great blog. It should be called the "everything you wanted to know about writing and then some blog." Well, perhaps that's a bit too long, but there's certainly plenty of interesting and useful info here. Good job.

Elaine Galit
Do Vikk's musings about writing ever grow stale or become less than an originial expression of her deep understanding of the craft? No. Does she ever fail to deliver something new and insightful in clear, beautifully written phrases? No. Should we all gird our loins, heft that pen, and try whole heartedly to follow her advice? Absolutely. Thanks for another one, Vikk! Onward!

Deborah Whittaker
Great weblog! Inspiring writing, interesting site, nice color scheme...all I need is a comfy chair and a cup of coffee and I'll be set for a good long browse. Thanks for creating this weblog and for visiting my site. You are the kind of person I had in mind when I wrote the recent post on citizen publishing.

David St Lawrence
Making Ripples
Blogs are so informative where we get lots of information on any topic. Nice job keep it up!!

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